South Western Railway wins sustainability award

South Western Railway has recently made efforts to boost sustainability and biodiversity, earning it a top environmental rating.

CEEQUAL, a world-leading sustainability assessment and rating system, has given the recent upgrades a “good” rating. This shows that throughout the upgrades, sustainability has been considered in all projects.

Aiming to underline their commitment to sustainable work, they carried out the CEEQUAL assessment for the first time.

During the projects, South Western Railway engaged with Natural England and the Isle of White Council to ensure sustainability and that no aspect of the works caused loss of biodiversity.

Old and new Island Line trains. Credit: South West Railway.

The Island Line upgrades, which cost £26m, were completed last year and have transformed the railway and improved services.

Amy Dickinson, Head of Sustainability at SWR, said: “We are absolutely delighted that SWR’s continued commitment to sustainability has been recognized in this way. The Island line upgrade was the first SWR project to be assessed by CEEQUAL and the “good” rating demonstrates that environmental sustainability was at the forefront of the project throughout the project.

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